Mayor: Partnership in community key to counter Asian hate crimes in Daly City

DALY CITY'S Filipino American Mayor Rod Magbual

By Jun Nucum

DALY CITY – As incidents and cases continue to happen across the United States, renewed and strengthened partnership among stakeholders in the city with one of the largest Filipino population is ardently urged to help lessen if not totally stop hate occurrences.
This is the strong convincing recommendation of Daly City Mayor Rod Magbual that emphasized partnerships between authorities and communities such as community based organizations that represent different ethnic, gender/sexuality, or other sectors.

“Part of the insecurity is the cultural mistrust of law enforcement, but it is also the lack of knowledge and understanding how to navigate the bureaucratic process. Language bearers, relationships with law enforcement, fear, all play a role in the hesitation,” Magbual said. “Some of the hesitation for reporting stems from cultural stigma and mistrust of law enforcement. There are fears that justice will not prevail because of the bureaucratic process.”

Magbual said that the process of filing a complaint, possibility of obtaining representation, the time and money to prove that such cases can be charged as a hate crime are challenging and that language can be barrier as well.

“We have a current campaign such as our Daly City against Hate. We’ve partnered with local businesses, community organizations, and students to be proactive, but I think there’s more that needs to be done on even cultural relevant and responsive services to serve victims of hate crimes,” Magbual stated. “As a preventative measure, we need to start educating our youth about race, racism, sexism, homophobia at a younger age.”

The Mayor added that Jefferson Elementary and Jefferson Union High School District have taken measures to integrate Ethnic Studies to their curriculum as a requirement, adding this is important to understand the root causes of oppression so our students can learn how violence and racism has been embedded in the establishment of the United States and how current hate crimes are products of this lineage.

He also advised victims of hate crimes to go to the victim assistance section of the Daly City Brochure by Daly City Police Department.

Magbual said he believes victims of hate crimes are targeted and that it is a shame for people, especially elders, should not be afraid of going outside.

“They came to this country for freedom and the autonomy to go to work and raise their children. For elders, I’d strongly advise them to be cautious of their surroundings, carry pepper spray, a whistle to draw attention if there are threats,” said Magbual. “For young people, to understand and educate ourselves about racism and violence. To understand that racism are produced and reproduced in our everyday conversations with family, friends, co-workers. Stereotypes dehumanizes people that allows behavior and violence to occur.”

Magbual admitted that his office has not reached out yet and collaborated with organizations like STOP AAPI HATE to talk about the issue on cases of hate crimes against Asians but recalled having Dr. Russell Jeung, who leads Stop AAPI Hate, as his professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.

“Although currently there are no agreements with any organizations, I am open to creating partnerships. Agreements with them may include sharing of information on hate incidents, having common contact persons and/or numbers that victims of hate incidents can run to/call on, united effort in helping victims in any way including recovering from trauma, reporting incidents and pursuing filing of cases etc.,” Magbual said.